Bob Hope: An American Treasure
Exhibit on loan until June 10, 2012
The traveling exhibit, currently visiting the Gerald R. Ford Museum in Grand Rapids, tells the story of Bob Hope’s achievements in entertainment, his passion for golf, relationships with the military, and his friendships with a number of U.S. presidents, including President Ford. It includes more than 150 items, including an original vaudeville contract from 1922, his Ellis Island medal, the final set of golf clubs used in his life, Emmy Awards, Honorary Oscars, an outfit he wore during USO tours, gifts and awards from presidents and other celebrities, his Congressional Gold Medal awarded by President John F. Kennedy, and his “Honorary Veteran Citation” from Congress, which he called the most important honor of his life. In addition, the exhibit includes a 30-stop audio tour, reproductions of more than 200 vintage photos and six videos.
Details on visiting the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum:
Gerald R. Ford Museum
303 Pearl Street NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504-5353
Telephone: (616) 254-0400
Fax: (616) 254-0386
Open daily from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. (Closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day).
Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and military service members, $5 for college students with ID, $3 for youth ages 6-18, and free for children under the age of 5. Free parking is available.
This new feature exhibit is on loan from the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum. Here is a collection of photos we captured of the exhibit. Click on photos for an expanded view.